Colorado Nonprofit Association

Chief Development Officer

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is seeking a passionate, driven individual with the desire to learn, grow, and excel in a culture that values every member of the team. DSF was named one of the Denver’s Top Workplaces in 2024 (5 year recipient of Top Workplaces), a testament to our team and to our intentionality in co-creating a positive, inclusive work environment. In 2022, DSF was named one of the Best and Brightest Companies to work for by  the National Association for Business Resources. When you join the DSF team, you will enjoy a supportive, and innovative environment where your work has a profound impact on the lives of students and their families.

As a nonprofit organization, DSF’s mission is to inspire and empower DPS students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education, by providing the tools, knowledge, and financial resources essential for success. By embodying the core values of equity, innovation, leadership, learning, relationships, and integrity in everything we do, DSF strives to be a leader within the community. As we constantly seek to improve our services, we build strong relationships with college staff members, partners, students, team members and the broader community. We are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, believing in the value and ability of all students and team members.

We seek candidates who will model, live, and reinforce DSF’s mission and core values with colleagues, students, families, and the broader community. If you are passionate about the philosophy and mission of DSF, then we invite you to join us and help make college possible for Denver’s students.

Job Summary 

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) serves as part of the Executive Leadership Team of Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and is responsible for the vision, oversight, and management of all fundraising and resource development strategies. Serving as a thought-partner with executive leadership, the CDO energizes and connects DSF staff; empowers and supports the Board of Directors; mentors, manages, and inspires the Development Department; crafts meaningful donor communications, and informs and engages our community. In the spirit of collaboration and creativity, the CDO leads an energetic and experienced team of fundraising and development professionals toward a goal of identifying, building, and nurturing donor relationships and engagement, and increasing revenue year over year. 

Job Responsibilities

Organizational Strategy & Operations

Participates with the Chief Executive Officer, staff, and governing body to define the organization’s direction, strategy, and operations. 

Development Oversight

Provides general oversight of all the organization’s fund development and manages the day-to-day operations of those functions, and monitors adequacy of activities through coordination with staff, appropriate committees, and board of directors. 

Fund Development

Designs and assures implementation of cost-effective fund development programs, employing economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality and solid return on investment. 

Management & Human Resources

Ensures attainment of the organization’s fund development activities through the selection, development, motivation, and evaluation of human resources, both professional and volunteer. 

Board of Directors

Works with the Chief Executive Officer, development committee chair, and board chair to ensure fulfillment of fund development roles and facilitate the optimum interaction between management and board of directors. 

Required Skills and Abilities

Education and Experience